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Championship: Around The Grounds, February 22

Carrick Rangers and Harland & Wolff Welders will both be flying the flag for the Championship in this Saturday's Irish Cup quarter-finals.

Carrick will travel to Seaview to face high-flying Crusaders, while the Welders will host Ballymena United at Tillysburn. The bad news for the Welders is Dan McMurray, David Rainey and Philip Simpson are all out through suspension.


Harland & Wolff Welders have confirmed they will not accept promotion should they win this year's Belfast Telegraph Championship One title. The Welders have applied for a Championship Licence, but this is so they can gauge how much work needs to be done before 2016/17, when a licence becomes mandatory. If the Welders were to finish second, the play-off place would pass down to however finishes third, assuming they acquire a licence.


Armagh City and Bangor have moved the Intermediate Cup quarter-final forward a week to this Saturday at Holm Park, as both teams have a free week due to the Irish Cup. That means the Championship One games between Armagh and Ballyclare, and Bangor and Knockbreda will go ahead as planned on Saturday, March 7.


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Dundela's game against Dergview on March 7 is one of a number of fixtures that has been postponed due to the three Intermediate Cup quarter-finals on that day. Carrick Rangers v Loughgall, Harland & Wolff Welders v Ards and PSNI v Lisburn Distillery have all been postponed. In the Intermediate Cup, Dergview will host Carrick Rangers, Dundela will face Lisburn Distillery and the Welders will travel across the city to face Immaculata.


Ards fielded veteran defender John Bailie in Saturday's 4-0 win over Lisburn Distillery. Former captain Bailie was signed from Amateur League outfit Portaferry Rangers as emergency cover during January. With Mark Clarke, Stephen Cockcroft and John Convery suspended, Bailie was drafted onto the bench for Saturday's game, where he replaced the injured Gary Warwick mid-way through the first half. 39-year old Bailie played 266 times for Ards during his previous stint with the club.

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